Definitions for palimpsestˈpæl ɪmpˌsɛst
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.
Category: Archaeology, Language/Linguistics
Origin of palimpsest:
1655–65; < L palimpsēstus < Gk palímpsēstos rubbed again =pálin again +psēstós scraped, rubbed, v. adj. of psân to rub smooth
a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible
A manuscript or document that has been erased or scraped clean, for reuse of the paper, parchment, vellum, or other medium on which it was written. Many historical texts have been recovered using ultraviolet light and other technologies to read the erased writing.
Monumental brasses that have been reused by engraving of the blank back side.
Circular features believed to be lunar craters that have been obliterated by later volcanic activity.
Geological features thought to be related to features or effects below the surface.
Memory that has been erased and re-written.
Something bearing the traces of an earlier, erased form.
To scrape clean, as in parchment, for reuse.
On paper: to reuse, often by erasure or change of pen direction or color. Especially fueled by Earth Day.
Typically refers to a multi-layered work, e.g.u03BB new ads covering old on a roadside sign.
Origin: From palimpsestus, from .
a parchment which has been written upon twice, the first writing having been erased to make place for the second
A palimpsest is a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped or washed off and which can be used again. The word "palimpsest" comes through Latin palimpsēstus from Ancient Greek παλίμψηστος originally compounded from πάλιν and ψάω literally meaning “scraped clean and used again”. Romans wrote on wax-coated tablets that could be smoothed and reused, and a passing use of the term "palimpsest" by Cicero seems to refer to this practice. The term has come to be used in similar context in a variety of disciplines, notably architectural archaeology.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to a parchment manuscript written on the top of another that has been erased, yet often not so thoroughly that it cannot be in a measure restored.
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